President Barack Obama, speaking to a Los Angeles hispanic television station, stated that he planned to push for immigration reform after the current fiscal crisis has been resolved. Currently, the Senate has passed a bill for comprehensive immigration reform, but the House has yet to take up the issue. GOP leadership in the House has publicly stated that they intend to
The Montana Highway Patrol was sued in a class action lawsuit over its policy of stopping latinos and detaining them until their immigration status could be verified by the Department of Homeland Security. The class-action lawsuit does not seek monetary damages. The plaintiffs are asking the court to declare that the Montana Highway Patrol:
• engaged in discrimination with its policy of detaining people based on race, color and/or ethnicity;
• violated the Fourth Amendment guarantee against unreasonable search and seizures;
• violated the plaintiff's Montana constitutional rights; and
• violated the plaintiff's civil rights.
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Illegal entry into the United States is not a criminal offense. However, if a person has been previously deported, illegal reentry then does become a criminal offense, and can lead to a lengthy federal prison sentence.
These are the latest processing times for various immigration applications filed with the Milwaukee Field Office of the USCIS.
I-485 Adjustment of Status February 9, 2013
N-400 Application for Naturalization 5 months
N-600 Application for Citizenship 5 Months
Because the United States Customs and Immigration Service is almost entirely funded by the fee paid to the service, the partial government shut down which went into effect on October 1, 2013, has had minimal effect on immigration services. E-Verify, which is funded by the federal government, is dark. Also, there may be some delays with regard to immigration courts, although they will continue to function. In all, immigration, visa processing, and border security, are unlikely to see more than 5-10% of their workforce furloughed. While there may be a little delay in some cases, those needing immigration services can expect largely similar service and results.
The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), has outlined his view of dealing with immigrants here without status. Goodlatte would allow immigrants here illegally to obtain legal work status, and from there, they could use the existing routes to citizenship: marrying a U.S. citizen or getting sponsored by an employer or U.S. citizen relative. This strategy allows avoids bestowing a path to citizenship just for illegal immigrants, and might be more acceptable to House Republicans.
The House already has bills addressing high tech worker visas and border security. But there is no written bill addressing immigrants here without inspection.
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Attorney Robert K. O'Reilly